Copy the Curb Appeal: Greenville, South Carolina

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October 15, 2019

Photo By: Cameron Reynolds

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Cameron Reynolds

Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Cameron Reynolds

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Cameron Reynolds

Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Aaron Graubart/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

The House

“When you see my house, it’s hard to believe that it’s a new build — the look is classic Craftsman, and it blends right in with our neighborhood’s older homes," says homeowner JJ Cantrell. "The big front porch makes it quintessentially Southern.”

Two types of siding turn the house into a standout: linear lap siding on the base of the house and the chimney, and shingle siding on the gable over the porch. Louvered vents skirting the porch add even more texture.

In the yard, a mix of taller plants — including Encore azaleas in front of the porch and a butterfly bush to the right — and shorter ones in front make the beds impressive and welcoming. “Since my house sits high up on a hill, I wanted the landscaping to feel like it was reaching out to the road to invite people in,” says JJ.

Built: 2015

Bought: 2015

Size: 3,600 sq. ft.

House Paint

Blissful Blue

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Extra White

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

8-Lite Front Door

One with eight lites lets in plenty of sunshine, even under the covered porch. “The black color is so elegant and classy that I’d never dream of changing it,” says JJ. (7508 Thermal Sash door)

Buy It: Simpson Door, $1,000 and up

Front Door Paint

Inkwell

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Outdoor Light

Tucker 7"W x 8"D x 11-1/2"H aluminum lantern in oil-rubbed-bronze finish

Buy It: House of Antique Hardware, $160

House Numbers

Gatehouse 4"-tall metal house numbers in satin nickel finish

Buy It: Lowes, $4.50 each

Abstract Doormat

Half Circles 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: West Elm, $29

Iron Lanterns

Park Hill 31-3/4"-tall wood and iron lantern

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $17

Aluminum Bench

Miles Redd Bermuda 72"-wide aluminum bench

Buy It: Ballard Designs, $1,050

The House

“We weren’t crazy about the yellowy brick when we moved in, especially next to the existing faded teal door and shutters. Repainting them bright green perked up the whole house," say homeowners Kathleen and Ken Moore.

This Georgian-style house has classical influences — a columned portico and
half-round pediments over the door and the first-floor windows. A
leafy mix in the planters by the front door pop against the light brick, with shades ranging from chartreuse (coral bells) to deep purple (ornamental peppers).

In the yard, think super manicured, to play up the house’s neat, symmetrical style. Two rows of evergreens include cherry laurel in back and Encore azaleas in front. Tall sky pencil hollies set off the front steps, with a Japanese maple on the far left.

Built: 1926

Bought: 2003

Size: 3,500 sq. ft.

Trim Paint

Oyster Bar

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Fiberglass Front Door

It’s the original, but when the couple moved in, it was partly hidden by a storm door. Removing that showed off the six-panel style. (Therma-Tru Benchmark fiberglass door)

Buy It: Lowes, $217

Front Door and Shutters Paint

Jadite

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Polka Dot Doormat

Polka Dot 18" x 30" coir doormat in black

Buy It: Uncommon Doormats, $34

Outdoor Light

Kichler Harbor Row 25-3/4"-tall metal light

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $414

House Numbers

Bushere and Son Hammered 6""-tall wrought iron house numbers in black

Buy It: Oak Park Home and Hardware, $27 each

Rocking Chairs

Jefferson polywood rocking chair in black

Buy It: Plow Hearth, $360

The House

“As cute as the cedar shakes and white trim are, the porch is our favorite thing. We always tell neighbors, ‘When you see us outside, grab a glass of wine and come on over.’ We’ve fit 20 people on it!” say homeowners Erin and Scott Anderson.

A low dormer, which matches the gables in front, spiffs up the roofline. Its white trim hides attic vents — functional and attractive. In the yard, a row of reddish Chinese fringeflowers to the left of the entry gives year-round color, while tall Japanese hollies frame the steps. The crape myrtle tree in front of the rocking chairs offers showy pink blooms in summer.

Built: 1940

Bought: 2011

Size: 4,000 sq. ft.

Shingles Stain

Flagstone

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Polar Bear

Buy It: Behr

Vintage Front Door

This one’s a vintage find, installed by the previous owners. The extra-wide size makes the entryway seem grand. “We couldn’t stop talking about the door the whole time we were house hunting,” says Erin. “Lots of visitors — even delivery guys — comment on it.” (Krosswood Doors Arch-Top 9-Lite V-Panel wood door)

Buy It: Home Depot, $789

Front Door Paint

Off Broadway

Buy It: Behr

Floral Doormat

Tag Talavera 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Home Depot, $43

White Planter

Sol 72 Outdoor Barberton 12"W x 12"D x 11"H fiberglass planter in white

Buy It: Wayfair, $77

Slatted Rocker

Slatted wood rocker in natural stain

Buy It: Plow and Hearth, $150

Striped Pillow

Classic Stripe 20" x 20" polyester pillow in cherry red

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $30

The House

“Our house used to be a boring white box," say homeowners Michelle and John York. "We added taupe shutters with iron hardware, sconces, and a window box. It’s classic yet not at all formal — the way a farmhouse should be.”

Stones cut in irregular shapes, with grass growing up in between, boost the charisma. A standing seam metal roof on the portico gives the mostly traditional house a cool modern twist.

Built: 2013

Bought: 2015

Size: 4,000 sq. ft.

House Paint

Simply White

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Shutter Paint

Foothills

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Wooden Front Door

“We went with a stain instead of paint because it’s more farmhouse-y, the vibe of our home,” says Michelle. The four-lite style matches the windows. (7504 Thermal Sash wood door)

Buy It: Simpson Door, $100 and up

Floral Doormat

Opalhouse Floral 18" x 30" rubber doormat

Buy It: Target, $12

House Numbers

Aurele 6"-tall brass house numbers in brushed nickel finish

Buy It: CB2, $15

Nantucket Rocking Chair

Nantucket wood rocking chair in castle grey

Buy It: Grandin Road, $170

Abstract Pillow

Modern Abstract Ikat 16" x 16" polyester pillow

Buy It: Society 6, $30

Entry Sconce

Anchorage 11"W x 9"D x 21-1/4"H aged-zinc-finished-aluminum sconce

Buy It: House of Antique Hardware, $460

Garden Stool

Classic 19-3/4"H x 14-1/2"-diameter ceramic garden stool in royal blue

Buy It: Ballard Designs, $112

Antique Planters

Two low antique-ish pots on the porch bring extra charm. For lots of volume and minimal upkeep, Michelle filled them with caladium and Bacopa. (14"-tall clay planter in terra-cotta)

Buy It: Lowes, $17